John 10:10b (The Message)
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.” John 10:10b (The Message)
A Word of Hope
“What Is Your Perspective?”
When I was a child, I had difficulty sleeping. At the recommendation of our family physician, my parents made an appointment for me with a child psychologist. He visited with me, gave me some blocks to manipulate (unfortunately, I wasn’t offered dolls which might have been more revealing), and proceeded to administer the Rorshach Test—commonly referred to as the “ink blot test.” A precocious 4th grader, I interpreted the blot on each card as a type of dinosaur. The psychologist told my parents that the test didn’t reveal much about my insomnia, but that he did learn a great deal about dinosaurs!
It seems to me that we each have our own perspective on life. We may filter our journey through lenses that were given to us by our parents; framed by our religious experiences; colored through encounters—good and bad—with family, friends, or acquaintances; or made blurry and broken by hurts and abuse.
Jesus tells his disciples, both then and now, that he has come to demonstrate how we can experience the fulfilling and grace-filled “abundant life” that God has always wanted us to have. Christ calls us to follow, and in doing so, emboldens and empowers us to make this world better by offering love, hope, and compassion. When we do that, one person at a time, we discover that we have the power to change almost everything. Any circumstance which we cannot change provides the opportunity to learn how to change our view of the circumstance.
I hope that we start an epidemic of love, hope, and compassion that inoculates the human family from inflicting or tolerating suffering or injustice. When we do, the day will come when children everywhere will be able to lay down their head to sleep, free of hunger, hurt, loneliness, or fear. By working together, we will begin to realize how powerful we are!
God of abundant life, open our eyes to see the power that you have given to us. Remind us of the abilities that we possess when we come to you seeking that which is already in our grasp. May we use the gifts of love, hope, and compassion to transform the world after the example of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Gary G. Kindley